The expected volume of Class 8 fleet purchases for 2013 increased by four percentage points over last year, according to the annual Fleet Study conducted by CK Commercial Vehicle Research (www.ckcvr.com).
Seventy-seven representatives from small, medium and large for-hire, private and government fleets responded to this year’s questionnaire.
Highlights from CKCVR’s 2012 Annual Fleet Study report include:
· Planned trailer purchases for 2013 equal 9% of the responding group’s overall population
· 27% of respondents indicated they plan to add some capacity with power unit purchases but overall units designated is small
· Availability of quality drivers continues to pose a challenge
· Overall positive views of CSA
The full report includes detailed information regarding fleet equipment buying plans for 2013 including brand choices and technology specifications for both power units and trailers by fleet activity and expected volumes. Also included are opinions about CSA, challenges facing the industry, information resources and the most important factors when choosing equipment brands.